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Definition of "inclination" []

  • The act of inclining or the state of being inclined; a bend or tilt: The inclination of the child's head suggested sleep. (noun)
  • A deviation or the degree of deviation from the horizontal or vertical; a slant: the steep inclination of a roof. (noun)
  • An inclined surface; a slope. (noun)
  • A tendency toward a certain condition or character: the alkaline inclination of the local waters. (noun)
  • A characteristic disposition to do, prefer, or favor one thing rather than another; a propensity: "I shall indulge the inclination so natural in old men, to be talking of themselves” ( Benjamin Franklin). See Synonyms at tendency. (noun)
  • A particular disposition, esp a liking or preference; tendency (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

  • The degree of deviation from a particular plane, esp a horizontal or vertical plane (noun)
  • A sloping or slanting surface; incline (noun)
  • The act of inclining or the state of being inclined (noun)
  • The act of bowing or nodding the head (noun)
  • The angle between a line on a graph and the positive limb of the x-axis (noun)
  • The smaller dihedral angle between one plane and another (noun)
  • The angle between the plane of the orbit of a planet or comet and another plane, usually that of the ecliptic (noun)

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Use "inclination" in a sentence
  • ""It's important to understand the inclination is there," he says."
  • "CD: Although my natural inclination is more towards SF, I did end up reading a lot of fantasy during my tenure at Solaris."
  • "Your inclination is to pull out your credit card and buy it."